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A bicyclist was in critical but improving condition after being hit by an errant motorist Wednesday morning in Emigration Canyon.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said the 35-year-old Cottonwood Heights man was riding up the canyon in the eastbound lane at 8:05 a.m. near 4200 East when a 17-year-old female driver veered out of her down-canyon lane and struck the man.

Hoyal said deputies were investigating whether the driver was distracted when her Subaru plowed into the bicyclist. The collision likely will be under investigation for at least a few weeks, Hoyal said.

The bicyclist was rushed to University Hospital in "very critical" condition, but was reported to have been stabilized Wednesday afternoon and was able to speak with deputies, Hoyal said.

A passer-by picked up the man's bicycle and brought it to him at the hospital, Hoyal said. He noted that the gesture was kind but asked the public not to interfere with crime scenes.

"That's evidence we kind of need to help us do the accident reconstruction work," he said.

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